On Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams revealed that the city had allocated $2 million for Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn homeland for the Big Apple.
Adams said the money would be used to pay for legal services, translation for non-English speakers, housing assistance, and health care services.
The financial grant was personally unveiled by Adams and Ukraine’s Consul General Oleksii Holubov Friday afternoon on the steps of City Hall.
“We stand with you. We support you. Not only in words, but in deeds,” Adams said.
“Our tradition is always welcome our brothers and sisters who flee conflicts across the globe,” Adams added.
Sources said to distribute the funds, the city is set to identify several community-based organizations through which to allocate it, but those groups have not yet been selected.
Holubov is very happy with the financial assistance provided by the Big Apple to his people.
“Fifty-eight days. Besieged and ruined cities. Killed civilians. Killed our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Huge losses to the Ukrainian economy. Roughly, we can estimate up to $2 billion weekly our losses in economy,” Holubov said.
“But we can absolutely be sure that we are not alone in this world. The world’s community is with us,” Holubov added.
Meanwhile, Ravesa Bajo, executive director of policy initiatives with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said the city is now in touch with several community groups, including churches, Catholic Charities, and the New York Legal Assistance Group, to best determine the needs of Ukrainians seeking refuge in New York.
“We’ll make sure to be as equitable as possible. We want to touch as many different populations in the Ukrainian community from different religious backgrounds, so we are casting a wide net,” Bajo said.
“More specific details will be coming up in the next upcoming weeks,” Bajo added.